Big Horn/Lone Star 4x2 Crew Cab 144.5 in. WB
2019 RAM 1500

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 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
9

A good truck gets even better. Impressive comfort and handling for a full-size truck. It also packs the best interior in the segment. Not perfect, but better than the current competition.

Industry
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Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 is the company's basic half-ton, full-size pickup truck. Marketed under the Dodge brand until 2011, this lighter-duty Ram can appeal to families as well as performing commercial duties ? especially in roomy four-door Crew Cab form.

Like competitive big pickups, Ram 1500s come in a bewildering selection of possibilities: cab type, bed length, engine, drive configuration, trim level ? plus a dizzying array of options to choose from.

In their latest form, Ram pickups have been lightened, dropping an average of 225 pounds. Rear legroom in Crew Cabs has grown. Additional safety features are available as options. New eTorque mild-hybrid technology, standard with the V-6 engine, can be added to the V-8 at extra cost.

Peak payload has increased to 2,300 pounds, while maximum towing capacity now reaches 12,750 pounds. A newly optional 4×4 Off-road package includes a raised (one-inch) suspension and electronic locking rear axle.

Trim-level choices start with the Tradesman work truck, and run through Big Horn, similar Lone Star (sold only in Texas), off-roading Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and top-rung Limited. A budget-priced Express Special also is available.

Two cab types are offered: extended (Quad Cab) and Crew Cab. Cargo beds come in two lengths: 5-feet 7-inch or 6-feet 4-inch. Extended-cab models come only with the longer bed. Ram Trucks also offers a regular-cab, two-door model ? a Classic continuation of the previous-generation design.

The standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 incorporates an eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Although that system supplies 90 pound-feet of supplemental torque, its primary goal is to improve fuel economy.

Optional is FiatChrysler's familiar 5.7-liter V-8, producing 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. Like the V-6, it can be fitted with the mild-hybrid eTorque system. The V-8 can run on half of its cylinders as a fuel-saving measure. A vibration cancellation system reduces shudder when those cylinders shut down.

Each engine works with an 8-speed automatic transmission and either rear-drive or four-wheel drive. Two 4WD systems are available: part-time, or full-time, each with a two-speed transfer case.

Advanced safety technology is available, but at extra cost. Blind-spot monitors are standard on Limited trim, but optional for others (except base-level models). An Advanced Safety Group for upper trim levels includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking. On Rams with 8.4- and 12.0-inch infotainment screens, the rearview camera includes a zoom function.

The IIHS gave Quad Cab and Crew Cab models “Good” ratings in each crash-test. Headlights were rated only “Marginal” on lower trim levels, but LED units on top trims were deemed “Good.” With those LED headlights, the 2019 Crew Cab earned a Top Safety Pick+ award.

Crash-testing of the Crew Cab by the NHTSA resulted in five-star ratings overall and for side-impact, but only four stars for …
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Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 is the company's basic half-ton, full-size pickup truck. Marketed under the Dodge brand until 2011, this lighter-duty Ram can appeal to families as well as performing commercial duties ? especially in roomy four-door Crew Cab form.

Like competitive big pickups, Ram 1500s come in a bewildering selection of possibilities: cab type, bed length, engine, drive configuration, trim level ? plus a dizzying array of options to choose from.

In their latest form, Ram pickups have been lightened, dropping an average of 225 pounds. Rear legroom in Crew Cabs has grown. Additional safety features are available as options. New eTorque mild-hybrid technology, standard with the V-6 engine, can be added to the V-8 at extra cost.

Peak payload has increased to 2,300 pounds, while maximum towing capacity now reaches 12,750 pounds. A newly optional 4×4 Off-road package includes a raised (one-inch) suspension and electronic locking rear axle.

Trim-level choices start with the Tradesman work truck, and run through Big Horn, similar Lone Star (sold only in Texas), off-roading Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and top-rung Limited. A budget-priced Express Special also is available.

Two cab types are offered: extended (Quad Cab) and Crew Cab. Cargo beds come in two lengths: 5-feet 7-inch or 6-feet 4-inch. Extended-cab models come only with the longer bed. Ram Trucks also offers a regular-cab, two-door model ? a Classic continuation of the previous-generation design.

The standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine is rated at 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 incorporates an eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Although that system supplies 90 pound-feet of supplemental torque, its primary goal is to improve fuel economy.

Optional is FiatChrysler's familiar 5.7-liter V-8, producing 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. Like the V-6, it can be fitted with the mild-hybrid eTorque system. The V-8 can run on half of its cylinders as a fuel-saving measure. A vibration cancellation system reduces shudder when those cylinders shut down.

Each engine works with an 8-speed automatic transmission and either rear-drive or four-wheel drive. Two 4WD systems are available: part-time, or full-time, each with a two-speed transfer case.

Advanced safety technology is available, but at extra cost. Blind-spot monitors are standard on Limited trim, but optional for others (except base-level models). An Advanced Safety Group for upper trim levels includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking. On Rams with 8.4- and 12.0-inch infotainment screens, the rearview camera includes a zoom function.

The IIHS gave Quad Cab and Crew Cab models “Good” ratings in each crash-test. Headlights were rated only “Marginal” on lower trim levels, but LED units on top trims were deemed “Good.” With those LED headlights, the 2019 Crew Cab earned a Top Safety Pick+ award.

Crash-testing of the Crew Cab by the NHTSA resulted in five-star ratings overall and for side-impact, but only four stars for …
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$38,990 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine V-6
MPG 20 City / 25 Hwy
Seating 6 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd auto w/OD
Power 305 @ 6400 rpm
Drivetrain rear-wheel
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